Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer

STEPS

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Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Graduate Profile: Conall Mac Kernan

I completed a Level 7 in Industrial Automation and Robotics before going on to graduate with a Level 8 in Electronic Systems. I am currently working in the Controls Department in Modular Automation, Limerick.

Modular Automation designs, builds, and controls state of the art machines for global manufacturing clients. My job within the controls department is to design, develop, and de-bug the software used to control those machines.

LIT places a huge emphasis on the practical side of learning, and I feel I benefitted greatly from that hands on approach rather than trying to absorb a large amount of complex theory. I would say 50% or more of our time was spent in labs or technical classes or hands on work. This practical learning experience has really stood to me in the work environment I now find myself in. Since I left LIT I have constantly been using the practical skills and theory I learned in a number of different projects I have undertaken.

If you are good with your hands, like working with computers, enjoy problem solving and maths then you would be really well suited for both the level 7 and level 8 courses.

For me it started at LIT.


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